Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM

ZHANG Mengqi

China〡2017〡Doc〡94min〡Color〡Mandarin(Hubei dialect)〡English Subtitle
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“Only ...ism can save China”. Rain and time have erased part of this phrase painted on the façade of a house in a small village in the Chinese countryside. Facing the camera, the old woman who lives here tells the story of her deceased son and, through him, a little of her country’s history.


ZHANG Mengqi

Zhang Mengqi, was born in 1987. She graduated from the Dance Academy of China Minorities University in 2008. She and is currently a resident artist at CCD Workstation and has created and performance six theatre pieces Self-portrait and Dialogue with My Mother (2009), Self-portrait and Sexual Self-education (2010), Self-Portrait: At 47 KM (2011), Memory: Hunger (2010), Memory: Monument (2012), Reading Hunger (2016). She has created documentary films: Self-portrait with Three Women (2010), Self-Portrait: At 47 KM (2011), Self-portrait: Dancing at 47 KM (2012), Self-portrait: Dreaming at 47 KM (2013), Self-portrait: Building a bridge at 47 KM (2014), Self-portrait: Dying at 47 KM (2015) and Self Portrait: Birth in 47 KM (2016). Seven films complete her own “self-portrait series” .